NYC teacher arrested after his drone crashed into the stands of the U.S. Open

by Gannon Burgett

posted Friday, September 4, 2015 at 1:04 PM EDT

Early this morning, a New York City teacher was arrested for operating a drone that crashed into a vacant section of seating at the U.S. Open.

According to AP, 26 year old Daniel Verley is facing charges of reckless endangerment and operating a drone in a New York City public park in an unauthorized area.

According to the report, Verley was flying an unspecified drone over Louis Armstrong Stadium Thursday night while Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, and Monica Niculescu, of Romania, battled it out on the court below. In speaking with AP, Pennetta said it was ‘a little bit scary’, adding ‘with everything going on in the world […] I thought, “OK, it’s over.” That’s how things happen.’

Flavia Pennetta returning a volley at this year's U.S. Open in New York

After flying over the court the match below was being played out on, it crashed into an empty section of seating, breaking apart on impact. No one was injured and play continued after police gave the go ahead to continue.

No comment has been made on behalf of Verley or the Department of Education.

Image credits: Flavia Pennetta by Steven Pisano used under CC BY 2.0